Pride Toronto has reimagined Pride Month for 2021, with a new Phygital festival model that showcases Toronto’s 2SLGBTQ+ communities and prioritizes hyper-localized community-driven events.
Pride Toronto is celebrating its 40th Anniversary and as we look back at the key moments in our 40 year history, we also look at the future and the present. 2SLGBTQ+ communities continue to be among the most vulnerable in Canada and hardest hit during the pandemic, especially Indigenous and racialized people. We seek to support as many artists in our community as possible, which is why we have been expanding to support not just performing artists, but visual artists too.
This project includes 8 visual art installations by 13 artists in 5 different locations around Toronto. The works selected all look at our 2SLGBTQ+ histories with a critical lens. They seek to educate, enlighten and provoke thought about our queer history, and present radical futures. These placemaking installations focus on queer elders, youth and marginalized communities. They act as a mode of reflection and celebration!
Art Installation Addresses
Hosted at stackt market – 28 Bathurst St
Artist Statements and Bio
My work explores how the non-human and inanimate world shapes our social, political, cultural, and ecological landscape, in co-authorship with the human and animate world. The subject matter for my current body of work came to me while staying in a stone cabin. I started each morning by collecting kindling and lighting a fire in the wood stove, and soon came to see the pieces of wood, newspaper, burnable objects, and ash as triangular compositions suitable for painting. The fireplace became an allegory, a still life, for the assemblages of our geological landscape – where the narrative of danger and comfort is contingent on the materiality of the object, its relationship to space, and the process of fire it will eventually endure.